I got this from a friend's mom, and they are great!

Jana
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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Grease a 15 x 10 or 13 x 9 inch pan.

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  • In a large bowl, combine flour, white sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt, coffee, 1 cup butter or margarine, molasses, and eggs. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed. Pour into prepared pan.

  • Bake for 25-30 minutes. Let cool.

  • To Make Frosting: In a small saucepan over low heat, cook 1/3 cup butter or margarine until light golden brown, stirring constantly. Add confectioner's sugar, vanilla and water. Blend until smooth (may need to add more water). Spread over cooled bars.

Nutrition Facts

327.8 calories; 2.3 g protein; 48.7 g carbohydrates; 56.8 mg cholesterol; 195.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (19)

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Rating: 5 stars
05/02/2005
My hubby had a craving for a Spanish Bar Cake so I thought that I would surprise him and make one. This sounded like it could taste close to the ones in the grocery store....and BOY does it! I did however add 2 cups of raisins which I boiled for about 5 minutes and "sqooshed" the water out of. This is a definite keeper! VERY YUMMY!(A warning about the icing though....don't overcook it!) Next time I will do the icing correctly and I think I will throw on a few chopped nuts for decoration. Thank you so much!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/23/2010
These are more cake-like than bars but taste great. The frosting is super yummy but I let it sit about two minutes and it hardened up pretty quickly...never even felt it needed extra water as the directions mention. Read More
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22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
05/01/2005
My hubby had a craving for a Spanish Bar Cake so I thought that I would surprise him and make one. This sounded like it could taste close to the ones in the grocery store....and BOY does it! I did however add 2 cups of raisins which I boiled for about 5 minutes and "sqooshed" the water out of. This is a definite keeper! VERY YUMMY!(A warning about the icing though....don't overcook it!) Next time I will do the icing correctly and I think I will throw on a few chopped nuts for decoration. Thank you so much!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2007
These are excellent. I baked these in a jelly roll pan. The frosting does need more water. It started to firm up before I could spread it over the entire cake. This is a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/07/2010
Soooooooo good! I doubled the spices (which I always seem to do) and the turned out fantastic. Everybody loved them. Thank you for a delicious recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/09/2009
Warning: I'm reviewing after messing with the recipe! Instead of adding the butter cold and beating everything for 2 minutes I melted the butter and stirred until combined. These were dense spicy cakey and tasty. Thanks!:-) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/12/2004
While these were very tasty and very moist they were not "bar cookies" but rather a cake. So while I wasn't disapointed with the taste of them I was disapointed that they were not cookies since I was making them for a holiday cookie exchange. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/13/2002
This is a wonderful recipe! Always the first dessert to go; especially good fall and winter dessert. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2008
These are awesome...I like to add a little orange/lemon rind...or sub juice for liquid to the frosting SO GOOD...and simple! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/08/2002
Although I expected this recipe to make something resembling cookie bars it was really more like a spiced sheet cake -- a very tasty one at that! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2003
This recipe was easy and very delicious. Reminded me of ginger bread cookies. It is more of a snacking cake than a bar. It freezes very well (icing and all!) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/23/2010
These are more cake-like than bars but taste great. The frosting is super yummy but I let it sit about two minutes and it hardened up pretty quickly...never even felt it needed extra water as the directions mention. Read More
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